LiMH Course 2016


Photo feature of Annual 9th Leadership in Mental health course organized by Sangath and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Goa, India.

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The participants, tutors and staff of LiMH course 2016 at Panjim, Goa.
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Sharing about Nepal experience of MHPSS context
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Presenting the group work on Nepal Mental Health Plan at the end of the course.
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Our plan won the popular votes by participants and faculty. 
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Participants from Nepal: Madhur Basnet from BPKIHS, Ganesh Maya Shrestha from Leprosy Mission and myself from ACF.
Thanks to my former employer, ICRC for partially sponsoring my participation in the course.

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5th PIAD Workshop


I recently participated in 5th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention after Disasters (PIAD) which took place from 14-17 November in Manila, Philippines. This workshop is organized annually by International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) on behalf of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).This workshop is fifth in a series of similar workshops dealing with psychological research and practice in disaster context and how affected communities deal with the aftermath of such disasters from the psychosocial perspectives.

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Participants and faculty in 5th PIAD workshop

The workshop invites applications from practitioners from Asia and Pacific region for two important facts that over 60% of the world’s population are affected due to 41% of the natural disasters around the world occur in this region and secondly, the majority of countries in this region often lack an advanced infrastructure or support systems to support the affected population, more so with the mental health and psychosocial needs in the post-disaster context. The participants from various countries get a chance to learn from experienced faculty, interact and exchange experiences with other participants and present their own study in a form of poster during the period of four days’ workshop.

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Presenting my poster! Just below.

4x3 SMA PIAD poster 2016

I would like to share the workshop resources which can be accessed here: http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/news-centre/news/5th-international-workshop-on-psychological-intervention-after-disasters It includes ppt resources presented by the faculty.

This page covers the whole series of PIAD workshop: http://www.iupsys.net/events/capacity-building-workshops/

Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD) Alumni has been set up in mhpss.net for the particpants and faculty of the programme to keep in touch with each other and share resources. Participants are requested to join the group:  http://mhpss.net/groups/training/international-workshop-on-psychological-intervention-after-disasters-piad-alumni

I would like to thank Prof. Nordin Hasan and Mr. Mohd Hizammdin Jaafar from ICSU for their support. And it was a big pleasure to meet and learn from Joop de Jong who was in the faculty this year and who is also the founder of TPO.

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Thanks Joop, esp. for the breakfast conversations.

New job in ACF


Last month I started a new job at Action Contre la Faim (ACF)- [Action against Hunger], as Mental Health and Care Practices Programme Manager covering Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts. ACF is working in those districts after the earthquakes and has remained one of the most active organizations for humanitarian response following the disaster last year.  Through its nutrition and mental health & care practices  programmes, ACF prevents, diagnoses and treats acute malnutrition in those most at risk, including young children and pregnant or breast-feeding/lactating women by integrating  nutrition and mental health aspects, emphasizing on strong mother-child bonding, increasing community sensitization about care practices for child development, and building capacity of staff of health facilities & teachers of schools of Nepal government in collaboration with District Health Office and District Education Office and reaching out to the community through local NGO partners.

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4 years 4 months


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Finally, after 4 years 4 months, the time has come for me to close this circle and move on for the new one. I am very content to have my work successfully completed and I am looking forward for my new mission from next month.

Even before I joined ICRC, I was aware about the issue of disappearance in Nepal and the psychosocial aspects related to the families of the missing. In 2009, I had worked in a research project related to Missing persons and their families in Surkhet and I wrote about it on the occasion of Day of the Disappeared in 2010.

In 2012, when I joined ICRC, the pilot phase was coming to closure, and the first and second expansions were already rolling on. I worked for the first expansion districts covering three districts of Kathmandu Valley.

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At the same time, we were also preparing for the launch of third expansion in 10 districts, I was engaged in assessment and the implementation of program in Dhading and Nuwakot in partnership with Nepal Red Cross Society district chapters.

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In 2014, we finally rolled out the final/fourth expansion of the program, I was managing the program in Kavre, Sindhupalchwok and Ramechhap. I wrote about my experience after two years here.

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After earthquakes in 2015, our team were engaged for psychological first aid response in affected districts both by training Red Cross Volunteers as well as providing services in the community.

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In 2015, I was supported for my participation in 11th Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) course, organized by Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Thanks to ICRC for that support.

Finally, this year, we have completed the program successfully and produced the dissemination materials. And at the last moment, we also had an opportunity to provide an brief orientation on psychosocial support for the staff of Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons of Nepal and we are hopeful they will consider the importance of psychosocial aspects while helping the families of the missing in their future work.

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Public Resources in one place

md_cover-misssing-family-report-2009 2009 – Families of missing persons in Nepal: a study of their needs PDF: families-of-missing-persons-nepal-report

This assessment conducted by Simon Robbins was a stepping stone for the launch of Hateymalo program in Nepal.

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2010 – Hateymalo: Accompanying families of the missing in Nepal. Piloted in Bardiya by Bhava Poudyal, Nepalese Psychologist and the team of ICRC colleagues which expanded to altogether 46 districts of Nepal in successive four phases.

 

2013 – Release of Don’t go so far documentary. Directed by Arnaud Galent.

2016 – Completion of the program & Final Dissemination Products (Reports , Documentaries & Photobook). In collaboration of Yubaraj Adhikari, Rupa Chaudhary, Bishnu Waiba, Juthi Ram Chaudhari, Kalu Ram Chaudhari, Purna Shova Maharjan, Bina Chaudhary, Sujen Man Maharjan and ICRC colleagues of various departments, Nepal Red Cross Society district chapters and local NGOs.

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hateymalo_accompaniment_report (ENGLISH),  hateymalo_accompaniment_report_in_nepali (NEPALI),

commemorating_the_missing (photobook)

 

Documentary: